BTT sand sculptures – getting started

As I said in the last Blog – making sand-sculptures for my own children to play in was how it started. I guess most people make a boat in sand for their youngsters to play in but in my case it didn’t stop there – all sorts of vehicles were made and then the animals started, hippos, stegosauruses (the boys were very much into their dinosaurs at the time). It wasn’t long before the older boys started creating their own sand-sculptures, so we would hit the beach and soon a wide variety of sculptures would be created. A child as young as four can create an impressive starfish with a little guidance from an adult. Three year-olds can even collect shells and ‘make’ and decorate a simple tortoise.

There are a few simple steps for a basic sand sculpture like a starfish with a youngster – they can help at all stages, and, depending on age, may just need to be shown the first little bit of each stage and allowed to continue on their own..

1, Draw the outline on the sand then go round it again deeper.

2, D2ig from the outside into this line throwing the sand onto the shape within the outline, more where it will need to be higher, less where it needs to be lower.

3, When they have dug all round the shape assess whether there is enough sand to make the raised form… if not dig all round again.

 

4, Shape the sand in the outline. Knead it with your fingers to break down lumps, shuffle it with your hands into the rough form

5, When in the rough form pat the sand evenly, smearing loose sand up into dips and patting it smooth again.

6, Draw any lines required with the knife, making two lines near each other for each line you want. (not needed on this one)

7, Trim tidily all round the sculpture leaving a crisp edge between it andthe surrounding sand.

8, Using a brush sweep away loose sand and finger marks from the surface of the sculpture.

 

 

9, Draw loose sand back with the flat of the blade of the spade, to form a frame for their sculpture.

10, Don’t forget to pat a smooth place within the frame and get them to sign it – with their initials and the date – it is their sculpture!

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